A sizzling hot bath

These competitors were feeling the heat in more ways than one on Sunday.

Several brave challengers took a dip in a hot spring filled with chilli peppers to take part in a chilli-eating contest held in the Mingyue Qiangu Scenic Area in Wentang Town, Yichun City, in China's central Jiangxi Province.

Competitors had a minute to gulp down as many peppers as they could manage, with the eventual champion successfully consuming an eye-watering 20 peppers.

Yet even she would be hard-pressed to keep up with the winner of a similar contest in China's Hunan province in July, who cleared his plate of 50 peppers in just over a minute.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2018, with the headline 'A sizzling hot bath'. Print Edition | Subscribe